Lenovo Launches 5 Game-Changing New Devices At Accelerate 2019

The company is unveiling its new ThinkBook notebook line, along with a new augmented-reality headset and a first-of-its-kind ultra-small desktop PC.

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At Lenovo Accelerate 2019, the company is looking to demonstrate the power of its innovation focus to partners in a big way, with an array of new device launches. Lenovo is using the Accelerate 2019 partner conference in Orlando to unveil a brand-new notebook line, a new augmented reality headset and a compact desktop PC that takes the "ultra-small" concept pioneered with Lenovo's Tiny series to a new level. Lenovo is also debuting an IoT-ready version of the new ultra-small desktop as well as the second-generation model of the workhorse ThinkPad X1 Extreme.
What follows are five new devices launched by Lenovo at Accelerate 2019.

Lenovo is launching a new notebook brand, ThinkBook, featuring laptops that offer key attributes of the business-focused ThinkPad line combined with a more consumer-friendly design aesthetic. Lenovo's target customers for the ThinkBook—which swaps out the typical carbon-fiber chassis in favor of metal--include small businesses and millennial-aged workers that place a high value on design.
The ThinkBook offers reduced pricing compared to the typical ThinkPad due to omitting certain enterprise-class capabilities. The ThinkBook won't have the same complex capabilities around security, manageability and deployment as the ThinkPad, according to Lenovo. Instead, the ThinkBook will offer "industry-standard" technologies for security, manageability and deployment, Lenovo said.
The ThinkBook will be available in two models--13.3-inch and 14-inch—featuring displays with FHD resolution and up to 300 nits of brightness, and a light silver color for the body. Notably, the ThinkBook won't have the signature red trackpoint of the ThinkPad.
On portability, the 13-inch ThinkBook 13s will measure 0.62 of an inch thick and weigh 3.09 pounds. The 14-inch ThinkBook will measure just a bit thicker, at 0.65 of an inch, and weigh 3.3 pounds. The ThinkBook is powered by up to eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processors in the Whiskey Lake series along with AMD Radeon 540X discrete graphics.
For models sold through the channel, the 13-inch ThinkBook will have a starting price of $799, while the 14-inch ThinkBook will have a starting price of $819.

ThinkReality A6
Lenovo's newest augmented reality headset is the ThinkReality A6, a head-mounted display aimed at applications in the workforce. It's intended to help workers "receive expert assistance, reduce repair times, eliminate errors, streamline complex workflows, improve training quality, and save costs," Lenovo said. The headset works with Lenovo’s ThinkReality software platform and offers 1080p resolution in each eye, along with a 40-degree field of view. Strong performance comes from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and Intel Movidius for vision processing. The ThinkReality A6 supports voice, gesture, and gaze control, along with a 3DoF (degrees of freedom) hand controller. For sensors, the device includes a 13-megapixel RGB camera, two fish-eye cameras, depth sensor and an inertial measurement unit for 3D visualization, spatial mapping, overlay of digital information and object recognition. Additionally, the ThinkReality A6 provides up to four hours of battery life with its removable 6800mAh battery and weighs 0.84 of a pound. Ultimately, the A6 can "extend the deployment of AR solutions to almost any other work environment where hands-free digital assistance can enhance productivity and efficiency," Lenovo said.
Pricing and availability were not disclosed for the Lenovo ThinkReality A6.

ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
Lenovo is launching a new desktop product category with the ultra-small ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano desktop—which is significantly smaller than even Lenovo's small form factor ThinkCentre Tiny desktop offerings. While the Tiny features a 1-liter design, the Nano will be about a third of that size while still offering strong performance, according to Lenovo. The Nano is designed to sit flat, unlike the Tiny, which sits upright. The 0.35-liter Nano has a height of 0.86 of an inch, a depth of about 3.5 inches and a width of 7 inches—making it not much larger than some smartphones.
The Nano differs by including notebook processors from Intel's Whiskey Lake series, rather than Intel Coffee Lake desktop processors as in the Tiny. The Nano also tops out at 16 GB of RAM, half the amount of the Tiny, and does not have an option for HDMI connectivity as on the Tiny. The Nano is available with up to eighth-gen Core i7 vPro and two SSDs, and will include USB-C, DisplayPort, USB-A and Ethernet connectivity. The 15-watt ThinkCentre Nano also offers power savings when compared to the 35-watt ThinkCentre Tiny. The Nano could be ideal for customers that have dense employee populations and tight spaces, such as SMBs and call centers, Lenovo said.
Lenovo's ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano has a starting price of $639 and is expected to begin shipping in August.

ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT
Lenovo is also debuting a version of the Nano oriented toward Internet of Things applications. Differences with the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT include the use of Intel mobile processors (eighth-gen Core i3 or Celeron) and a slightly larger form factor (0.55 of a liter). The Nano IoT includes wireless expandability of Wi-Fi/BT, LoPWAN and WWAN, and is highly durable with the ability to "endure extreme temperatures, making it more reliable and productive in the longer run," Lenovo said.
Lenovo's ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT has a starting price of $539 and is expected to begin shipping in August.

ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2
Also at Accelerate 2019, Lenovo announced its first update to the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, the company's high-performance model in the ThinkPad X1 premium business notebook series aimed at content creators. For the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2, Lenovo has enhanced the CPU, GPU and storage while sticking with the 15.6-inch display size (available in FHD or 4K, and in touch screen or non-touch configurations). For CPU, the second-gen X1 Extreme offers up to ninth-gen Intel Core i9 H series processors, while for GPU, the notebook now comes with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 discrete graphics. Meanwhile, storage capacity now goes up to 4 TB with dual 2 TB PCIe SSD available. The X1 Extreme Gen 2 continues to offer up to 64 GB of RAM as well as an 80 Whr battery, for up to 14 hours of battery life on a charge. For visual effects and graphics designers, the new X1 Extreme adds the X-Rite Pantone color calibration service, with pre-calibrated colors. In addition, the X1 Extreme Gen 2 continues to be fairly portable for a notebook with this sort of horsepower, with a starting weight of 3.76 pounds.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 has a starting price of $1,499.99 and is expected to be available in July.